Other violins are a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano instrument; one handcrafted by Joannes Tononi of Bologna, dating from circa 1690; and one made by Eugenio Degani of Venice, dating back to 1891.
In its continuing mission to nurture the next generation of performing artists, the Ravinia Festival maintains an instrument bank through which it lends high-quality instruments to selected young professionals accepted into Ravinia's Steans Music Institute.
The first instrument acquired by the collection is a 1949 Carl Becker violin, which was presented to Ravinia in the fall of 1998 by the late Joseph Bernstein of Glencoe, the founding donor of the Instrument Bank.
Six of the ten selected a new violin as their preference, with one of the modern instruments emerging as a clear overall winner. When comparing the playing qualities of their favourite new instrument with their favourite old one, the soloists again rated the former higher, on average.
“A single new violin was easily the most-preferred of the 12,” the report authors concluded.
The centuries-old tradition of the composer-performer has pretty much fallen by the wayside in our increasingly specialized classical music era, when the creators and re-creators of music do their thing more or less independently, typically coming together only when it serves their purposes. The centuries-old tradition of the composer-performer has pretty much fallen by the wayside in our increasingly specialized classical music era, when the creators and re-creators of music do their thing more or less independently, typically coming together only when it serves their purposes.
is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer.
In an interview with New Media Rockstars, she said, "..since I was a kid, I've always wished that I could dance, but my parents said, 'You [can] choose violin or you [can] choose dance, but we can't afford both', and I chose violin.
This violin created by Carl Becker in 1949 is part of the Steans Instrument Bank.
“The current study shows that first-rate soloists tend to prefer new instruments and are unable to distinguish old from new at better than chance levels” The report authors said the study provided ‘a striking challenge to near-canonical beliefs about Old Violins.’ Researchers asked ten maestros to play 12 violins, six modern and the others classical, to find out which were superior.